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Want to use USB drive to install MX18 to desktop tower HDD

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Want to use USB drive to install MX18 to desktop tower HDD

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Post by sps7 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:51 pm

My internal CD-DVD burner -- which is my only optical drive -- won't read nor burn any DVD-- it's become broken for some unknown reason. I'm now forced to install MX18 from a USB drive, something I've never done before.

What file format should my 8 GB USB drive have in order to do this installation--> Fat32 or ext4?

Is my 8 GB USB drive large enough to do this installation?

[My current sole OS is MX17.1.]

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Re: Want to use USB drive to install MX18 to desktop tower HDD

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Post by Adrian » Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:54 pm

8 GB is plenty, please use mx-live-usb-maker tool or CLI tool live-usb-maker to make make the Live USB.

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Re: Want to use USB drive to install MX18 to desktop tower HDD

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Post by tradonal » Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:34 pm

Hello,
[My current sole OS is MX17.1.]
If your boot manager on mbr is grub2 and you want to install MX18 on a partition of your hard drive, you can do it easily by:
Example:
1) boot on MX17.1
-) download iso MX18
-) create a directory at the root eg: / mx
-) extract content of the iso in / mx
-) checked the directory after extraction

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$ ls -l mx/
total 20
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 janv.  4 01:54 antiX
drwxr-xr-x 6 root root 4096 déc.  13 03:41 boot
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  894 déc.  19 19:29 cdrom.ico
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 déc.  13 03:41 EFI
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   33 déc.  19 19:29 version
2) config your grub2 to start MX.
-) edit file /etc/grub.d/40_custom
do not delete this, but copy as a result

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#!/bin/sh
exec tail -n +3 $0
# This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries.  Simply type the
# menu entries you want to add after this comment.  Be careful not to change
# the 'exec tail' line above.
with eg:but copy as a result
menuentry "Live MX" {
set root='hd0,msdos1'
linux (hd0,msdos1)/mx/antiX/vmlinuz from=all bdev=sda1 bdir=/mx/antiX
initrd (hd0,msdos1)/mx/antiX/initrd.gz
}
what is in blue you can put what you want
what is in red will be according to your configuration....
what is in black is needed and should not be changed
-) save file 40_custom
-) update your grub with

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root@mx:~# update-grub
3) Normally at this stage, you should be able to launch MX18 for live use
-) reboot your pc
-) a new entry should appear eg:Live MX
-) boot on Live MX

4) if you manage to use MX this way,
do not try to install it, viewtopic.php?f=92&t=43981#p434353
but come back to post your return

;)

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Re: Want to use USB drive to install MX18 to desktop tower HDD

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Post by sps7 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:10 pm

Thanks to both of you for the help. I used the USB drive method. Now I have marvelous, fabulous MX18 on my desktop tower HDD. [Soon I'll do the same thing for my laptop.]

:happy:

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